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Toy Summit to offer ‘expert advice’ on gift choices for children

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay.

Gift giving is a rewarding and wonderful piece of the holidays. But sometimes choosing gifts can be a chore. The Tree of Hope is hosting a live Parent’s Toy Summit on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.

Join the experts from Toys R Us Kingston at the summit, and learn about the latest trends, cool gifts, and more, for kids from preschoolers to tweens, plus family fun, games, and activities.

A special donation day at the local Toys R Us on Midland Avenue will allow shoppers to make a contribution to the Tree of Hope campaign, according to a statement from Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (FCSFLA). On Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, make your donation while putting what you learned at the Parent Summit to good use this holiday season.

Because of COVID-19, the Tree of Hope campaign will not collect toys this year and instead accept cash donations to allow them to purchase items for families in need. The Tree of Hope 2020 campaign will need more money than in previous years. FSCFLA recently increased their target from $50,000 to $60,000 to meet the increased needs. COVID-19 has been tough on every family, but for the kids they serve, it’s been tougher.

“Here’s a real story of one of the kids referred to the Tree of Hope,” FSCFLA shared in a statement. “Noah is only five years old but has faced some difficult challenges. Up until October he was living in a shelter in Kingston with his father. They’ve found a new place to live and have asked the Tree of Hope for educational toys, clothing and things for his new bedroom. We’ll provide everything they asked for their new home.”

Kids like Noah need help this holiday season. But more important they need hope. That’s what the Tree of Hope has been giving KFL&A kids for a hundred years.

Join the Tree of Hope Parent’s Toy Summit live on FSCFLA social media pages:

You can make a difference for a family in need by making a monetary donation to the Tree of Hope 2020 campaign. FSCFLA is looking for $50 – $100 for a child, $250 – $500 for a family. They say they’ll use the money to give families gift cards to buy what they need. They also buy winter clothing and big ticket things families need, such as beds, baby cribs and more.

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